Love poems

Wenlock Poetry Breakfast

Poems we read:

Simon Armitage – Hatches, Matches and Dispatches (in Flit) – Tim
Roger McGough – Vow (you can read the Guardian article from which this was taken here) – Anna (and see the Posy Simmons illustration opposite)
Thirza Clout – 40 Years (in the Laureate’s Choice Anthology) – Carol
John Donne – The Good-Morrow (Collected Poems) – Alex
Steve Harrison – Tea – Steve Harrison (unpublished)
Pauline Prior Pitt – Check Viyella Shirt (in Addresses and Dreams) – Patricia
U.A.Fanthorpe – Atlas (in From Me To You – Love Poems) – Ali
WB Yeats – Broken Dreams (Collected Poems) – Hilary
Penny Boxall – A Wedding List (from Mslexia magazine) – Alison
John Fuller – Valentine (Collected Poems) – Philip
Simon Armitage – Let Me Put It This Way (from Reading The Banns in Book of Matches) – Meg
Elizabeth Barrett Browning – How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) – Liz
Student of Confucius – If You Can Find Yourself – Liz
John Betjeman – A Subaltern’s Love Song (Collected Poems 2006) – Jane 
Leo Marks – The Life That I Have (you can read it here) – Idonea
A.A.Milne – Us Two (in Now We Are Six) – Anna
Robert Graves – Love Without Hope (The Complete Poems) – Tim 

Note on finding these poems: most are findable just by an online search, and those by household-name poets are (of course) in lots of places.

And: the Thirza Clout and Penny Boxall poems were both winners (in different ways) in the judgement of Carol Ann Duffy, our former Poet Laureate. 

And – according to Wikipedia –  

The Life That I Have (sometimes referred to as Yours) is a short poem written by Leo Marks and used as a poem code in WWII

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